Summerland, BC Real Estate News

Making Your Home "Show" Ready - INSIDE - Summerland Penticton Okanagan BC Real Estate and Homes for Sale - Raymond - MAASKE Making Your Home “Show” Ready INSIDE CLEANLINESS IS THE WORD: If needed have the carpet shampooed and floors waxed. Wash the walls, windows, blinds, drapes and lighting fixtures.  It may even be worth it to hire a professional cleaner. It is a justified moving expense. KITCHENS & BATHROOMS: Maximize the countertop space. Anything that you are not using on a regular basis does not need to take up space. If unsightly, have the tub re-caulked and remove mineral deposits and grime form the shower walls.  Don’t forget to clean your appliances.  REPAIRS: Minor repairs such as doors that stick and creak and faucets that drip trigger the thought in the potential buyers hea...
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Press Release Contact: Raymond MAASKE, BBA, CCC Phone: (250) 488-8764 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Wednesday, June 03, 2010 First Okanagan real estate company offers flat fee MLS® Summerland & Penticton bc:   Raymond MAASKE, owner and Agent of Home Star Realty (member of the South Okanagan Real Estate Board) is the first Real Estate Company in the region to restructure his business to allow for more choices to the consumer when it comes to the Multiple Listing Service (MLS®) and listing a home for sale. Due to the clarifications in the Real Estate industry, the rules have been rewritten. These amendments have given the consumers a choice to choose the level of service they need from the REALTOR®. You can now advertise your home on MLS® and realtor.ca® without having to accept all the other ser...
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Beautiful British Columbia Canada, Summerland Penticton Okanagan BC Real Estate, Homes for Sale, Revenue Investments - Raymond MAASKE   Beautiful British Columbia Canada, Summerland Penticton Okanagan BC Real Estate, Homes for Sale, Revenue Investments - Raymond MAASKE
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By Raymond MAASKE, Commercial Real Estate
(BusCom Real Estate Services)
If your house is being shown to potential buyers, be careful with your valuables, police and real estate brokers now advise. (CBC) The Fraser Valley Real Estate Board is warning agents to be on the lookout for thieves who target open houses, following a string of thefts in the Langley area in the past month. Laptop computers, designer purses and even medications kept in bathroom cabinets have been stolen from real estate open houses and private showings. Some veterans of the business said they've never encountered this kind of crime before now. "I've been in real estate … for 26 years," said Deanna Horn, president of the Fraser Valley Real Estate Board. "I've never had or heard of this kind of incident where people are actually taking stuff away from the home." Potential buyers should ...
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By Raymond MAASKE, Commercial Real Estate
(BusCom Real Estate Services)
Buying Services for Summerland & Penticton BC Home Buyers - FREE REPORTS Congratulations!  You have decided to purchase a home, or are thinking about buying one.  You'll be joining the ranks of hundreds of families who realize that home ownership offers a number of benefits including building equity, saving for the future, and creating an environment for your family.  When you own your own home, your hard-earned dollars contribute to your mortgage. The equity you earn is yours.  Over time, your home will increase in value. In the following reports, you'll find the information you need to make a wise buying decision.  We'll take you through the planning process step-by-step , to help you determine which home is right for you.  You'll find a host of informative articles on mortgages, view...
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Real Estate Market Update for the week ending May 22nd, 2010 - Summerland, Penticton, Okanagan BC - Raymond MAASKE Address Unit BR Bth List Price SqFt Fin Ratio Price Sold SqFt Fin Ratio DOM Status Area                           9542 ROBSON CRES   3 2 399,000 1,750 228 385,000 1,750 220 168 SOLD Summerland 12808 MCLARTY PLACE   2 2 569,000 1,975 288.1 519,000 1,975 262.78 70 SOLD Summerland 13025 HASKINS AVE   3 2 356,000 1,669 213.3 342,500 1,669 205.21 58 SOLD Summerland 13820 GILLESPIE ROAD   3 2 419,000 1,600 261.87 406,000 1,600 253.75 57 SOLD Summerland         435,750 1,749 248 413,125 1,749 235 88                               609 BRAID STREET   3 2 329,800 1,862 177.12 329,800 1,862 177.12 108 SOLD Penticton 158 HERON DRIVE   2 2 239,900 1,242 193.15 205,000 1,242 165.05 366 SO...
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By Raymond MAASKE, Commercial Real Estate
(BusCom Real Estate Services)
Giants Head Mountain Biking in Summerland BC – Raymond MAASKE Trail Length: 2 km Directions : The trailhead is located at the base of Giant Head Mountain, found off the southern side of Milne Road. From Highway 97 turn west onto Prairie Road, left on Giants Head Road and then right onto Milne Road. Take the 3 km road up to the designated lot at the top of Giants Head Mountain park and start your hike. Trail Description: Once at the top there is a network of trail to explore providing panoramic views of the town of Summerland and the Okanagan Valley. This area offers picnic tables, look outs, washrooms and a gazebo.   Giants Head Hiking in Summerland 
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By Raymond MAASKE, Commercial Real Estate
(BusCom Real Estate Services)
Rising interest rates and falling demand are cooling B.C.'s residential real estate market. (CBC) Higher home prices in B.C., coupled with rising interest rates, have taken the edge off the province's housing market, but prices are still rising. Figures released by the B.C. Real Estate Association on Friday show 8,385 properties changed hands in April, a four per cent decline, compared to the month before. Association chief economist Cameron Muir said higher home prices, particularly in Vancouver, the Fraser Valley and Victoria, as well as recent mortgage interest rate hikes have cut overall housing demand. The average home price for sales jumped 17 per cent to $507,616 in the first four months of 2010 as a total of 26,669 residential properties were sold. When compared to April, 2009,...
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By Raymond MAASKE, Commercial Real Estate
(BusCom Real Estate Services)
The District of Summerland BC is the largest, most diverse business in town!   The District of Summerland is the largest, most diverse business in town.   What other business do you know that: Ø  operates water, sewer, and electrical  utilities, Ø  operates cemeteries and provides recreation programs, Ø  operates a landfill and provides garbage and recycling programs, Ø  builds and maintains recreation facilities, parks, roads, sidewalks and playing fields, Ø  buys and sells property and invests funds, Ø  responds to emergencies including fires, floods, and motor vehicle accidents, Ø  processes development applications, subdivision plans and land use regulations, Ø  plans and implements community and economic development programs and business initiatives, Ø  approves and inspects buildi...
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By Raymond MAASKE, Commercial Real Estate
(BusCom Real Estate Services)
Things you probably don't know about Summerland, British Columbia The District of Summerland is the largest, most diverse business in town. Ø  Only 8 cents of every tax dollar you pay goes to local government. Ø  Unlike the Federal and Provincial Governments, local government cannot have an annual deficit. We must balance our budgets. Ø  The District of Summerland owns 2,461 acres of property, the majority of which is undeveloped land (many small parcels which are undevelopable) and parkland. Ø  Our crews maintain 170 km of public roads. Ø  The pool averages 315 swimmers each day and 410 have taken swim lessons so far in 2010. Ø  We own and operate 10 earth dams and one concrete  dam as part of our water system. Ø  Our electrical department maintains 1158 street lights. Ø  We own 5 rent...
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Wharton Square, Downtown Summerland BC Luxury Condo and Commercial Development at 12817 Kelley Ave., Summerland BC  "Wharton Square is a new masterplanned community in Summerland - the heart of the Okanagan. Summerland is a quiet beach town that will remind you of the way life and the Okanagan used to be: simple, traditional, warm and friendly. Wharton Square is a joint venture with the City of Summerland to create the new cultural hub and central meeting place in town. The community will feature new retail shops and services, an arts centre, library and museum. Walk downtown. Relax at the park next door. Pick up a bottle a wine downstairs. It’s all here, the perfect place to come home to."   Source: Wharton Square, Downtown Summerland BC Luxury Condo and Commercial Development at 12817...
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By Raymond MAASKE, Commercial Real Estate
(BusCom Real Estate Services)
No Real Estate or Homes for Sale on Giant's Head Mountain in Summerland BC BUT you will find many options nearby. Summerland BC is home to an extinct volcano, known locally as Giant's Head Mountain - so-named for its gigantic facial profile as viewed from the southeast. This "hill" dominates the town's land features and provides an hour's hike to the top for an expansive view up and down the Okanagan Valley.   No Real Estate or Homes for Sale on Giant's Head Mountain in Summerland BC BUT you will find many options nearby.
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By Raymond MAASKE, Commercial Real Estate
(BusCom Real Estate Services)
 Real Estate Update Summerland Penticton Okanagan BC April 24, 2010 SUMMERLAND Unit BR Bth List Price SqFt Fin Ratio Price Sold SqFt Fin                   5703 SOLLY ROAD   2 1 439,000 1,080 406.48     8310 JUBILEE ROAD E   3 3 459,000 2,992 153.4     14395 HERRON ROAD 105 2 2 489,000 1,405 348.04     14395 HERRON ROAD 106 3 3 559,900 2,176 257.3     2660 LANDRY CRES   4 5 2,595,000 4,400 589.77             908,380 2,411 351                       11817 READ CRES   4 2 369,000 1,691 218.21 360,000 1,691 13225 VICTORIA ROAD N   3 2 399,000 1,473 270.87 385,000 1,473         384,000 1,582 245 372,500 1,582 Real Estate Update Summerland Penticton Okanagan BC April 24, 2010  
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By Raymond MAASKE, Commercial Real Estate
(BusCom Real Estate Services)
Summerland Review Newspaper - Summerland BC's Source of News!!   News from Summerland BC covering REAL ESTATE and HOMES FOR SALE politics, entertainment,sports, opinions, obituaries and more.   Summerland BC offers you exceptional beauty with its miles of sandy lakeshore; rolling hills of sage, clay and pine, rambling orchards and lush vineyards. Located in the heart of the Okanagan fruit belt on Okanagan Lake, Summerland's rich history come alive with the feel of "Old England" in its unique downtown; the bountiful harvest and rumbling of the Kettle Valley Steam Train as it winds its way through the hills above Prairie Valley. You will find some of the most spectacular beaches, parks, trails and attractions in and around Summerland. Our colourful festivals, arts and cultural activities ...
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By Raymond MAASKE, Commercial Real Estate
(BusCom Real Estate Services)
The Kettle Valley Steam Railway (KVR) in Summerland BC showcases a unique part of the Okanagan's and British Columbia's history. Built during 1910- 1915, the KVR "Kootenay to Coast Connection" powered our pioneer fruit industry into world markets, transported our families on vacations and errands; created employment, hobos and stories that will be with us forever.    ...... You are invited to join in on the only preserved section of this historic railway: Ten miles of some of Summerland's  most beautiful vistas; from lush orchards and vineyards to a spectacular view of lake and land from the Trout Creek Trestle Bridge 238 ft above the canyon floor. The sight and sound of the restored 1912 Steam Locomotive the "3716" will bring the era alive as you ride along on this 90 minute journey in...
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By Raymond MAASKE, Commercial Real Estate
(BusCom Real Estate Services)
Orchards of Summerland British Columbia, Canada The earthy goodness of the Summerland BC harvest can be found in a wide array of quaint country fruit stands and agri-tourism operations located throughout the community. From the fragrant blossoms of spring to the golds and reds of autumn, the Summerland landscape is a kaeidoscope of the colours and textures that bring you the bountiful harvest.   Summerland BC is surrounded by farms and orchards. Agricultural roots run deep with a long tradition of cattle ranching and fruit growing. A federal government agricultural research station was established in Summerland BC in 1914 (now the Pacific Agri-Food Research Centre) and many fruit varieties have been developed there. Summerland remains an agricultural community and the tradition continue...
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By Raymond MAASKE, Commercial Real Estate
(BusCom Real Estate Services)
The History of Summerland BC - Summerland has a rich history that makes it a 'special' place for eveyone today........ Summerland ~ A Brief History "There no cloud shall dim the sky, in that happy home on high, In that heavenly Summer Land, in that heavenly Summer Land." This is an excerpt from a spiritualist hymn that was sung at séances. It inspired town promoter J.M. Robinson to name the community Summerland in his efforts to entice the early settlers. Sir Thomas Shaughnessy, President of the Canadian Pacific Railway, had developed a great love for this area and in 1902 he formed the Summerland Development Company and hired Robinson to promote the new fruit ranching community, as Robinson had done in Peachland and would later do in Naramata. The first Summerland townsite was situated...
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By Raymond MAASKE, Commercial Real Estate
(BusCom Real Estate Services)
 Real Estate Market Update Summerland BC  & Penticton BC - April 2, 2010     Address Unit BR Bth List Price SqFt Fin Ratio Price Sold SqFt Fin Ratio DOM Status                         SOLDS                       374 GREENWOOD DRIVE   5 4 599,900 3,985 150.53 586,000 3,985 147.05 26 SOLD 152 WESTMINSTER PLACE   5 2 549,900 2,730 201.42 500,000 2,730 183.15 28 SOLD 127 HERON DRIVE   2 2 318,000 1,215 261.72 292,000 1,215 240.32 85 SOLD      Averages       489,267 2,643 205 459,333 2,643 190 46                           12044 FYFFE ROAD   4 2 499,900 2,095 238.61 479,900 2,095 229.06 107 SOLD 14492 SUTHERLAND PLACE   4 3 419,900 2,917 143.94 410,300 2,917 140.65 77 SOLD 12106 MARSHALL CRES   4 2 364,900 2,160 168.93 330,000 2,160 152.77 254 SOLD 9718 JULIA STREET   3 1 279,900 1,538 181.98...
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